Oregon LNG proposes to construct, own and operate a liquefied natural gas peak-shaving, liquefaction, and export facility located on the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton, Oregon. The Oregon LNG project has been designed to include a marine loading terminal, two full-containment 160,000 cubic meter LNG storage tanks, and facilities to support ship berthing and cargo loading.
With the continuing strong global energy demand, the need for the export of LNG grows. While developing countries are adding some renewable energy, the vast majority of the fuel used for power generation is coal and low quality oil. By providing access to clean burning natural gas, Oregon LNG will help dramatically reduce the global CO2 and local emissions in some of the most polluted areas in the world.
The Chinese government announced in October 2013 that it would give rewards amounting to more than $800 million for reducing air pollution in six regions in the north. In September the government unveiled a plan to reduce air pollution nationwide by putting limits on coal burning and taking high-polluting vehicles off the roads on certain days.
Oregon LNG can tap into already existing pipelines from Western Canada and the Rocky Mountain region to efficiently serve global customers. Recent studies have shown that there are hundreds of years of gas supply in western Canada alone so selling this gas will not significantly increase prices for Oregon consumers.
Oregon LNG is the cleanest LNG project being developed due to its innovative design and the ability to integrate regional renewable energy into the project. Most other projects require the construction of a gas fired power plant associated with the project. Oregon LNG can tap into the PNW grid which is dominated by hydro-electric and wind energy. This along with other innovative design features will make Oregon LNG one of the cleanest and most efficient LNG production plants in the world.
Upon completion, expected in 2019, the terminal will operate as a tolling facility, leasing peak-shaving and liquefaction capacity to industry partners. Oregon Pipeline, an affiliated company, is planning the construction of an 87-mile pipeline, which will connect to the regional pipeline in Woodland, Washington.
LNG stands for liquefied natural gas. It is natural gas cooled to approximately -260° F at ambient air pressure. Liquefaction reduces the volume of natural gas by approximately 600 times, making it much more economical to transport. Specially designed ships are used to transport the LNG. Once at its destination, LNG is converted back to its gas state by passing the liquid through vaporizers that warm it to approximately 35° F. Essentially, LNG is the same natural gas more than 64 million Americans use to heat and cool their homes, only in a liquid state.
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